One of the nation’s worst education systems is getting worse.
The total number of teachers in America is on the decline, as many teachers are underpaid and overworked and don’t receive adequate resources or funding from their schools or governments. The Wall Street Journal reports that since 2005, all 50 states and Washington, D.C. have experienced teacher shortages. But some states are really struggling. States like Arizona, which has been at or near the bottom of national education rankings for quite some time, have a dearth of qualified teachers — and are lowering certification standards as a result.
Arizona ranks 43rd overall in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s state-by-state education report. The state comes in at 22nd in higher education and ranks 47th in pre-kindergarten through high school. According to an Arizona Republic analysis from June, 22 percent of the state’s 46,000 teachers were not fully qualified to teach in the state, meaning they lacked proper training or certification to teach.
In May, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey passed the so-called “warm body” legislation, a nickname which stems from the concern that it allows almost anyone with a pulse t0 teach in the state. The bill enabled school administrators to set teacher certification standards on a district-by-district basis while also lowering the standards to teach. Now teachers can be hired with no formal teaching training, so long as they have five years of relevant experience in a field.
Source : Salon